Friday, December 03, 2010
Free Inside! - Part 5
Here's your weekend flashback to free gifts of the past, kicking off with a 1971 issue of The New "Big" Dandy. (Called such because it was the second issue to have 20 pages instead of the 16 it had had throughout the Sixties.)
The Red Racketty was certainly a noisy gift. Consisting of two pieces of card, and weighted by a 1p coin (not supplied) taped to the nose, the gift would make a loud vibrating noise when swung around the room. Ideal for making the neighbours wonder what the heck was going on.
The gift was later repeated in Sparky, but renamed Wot-A-Rackett!
The following object may look like something you'd find in an Endoscopy department of a local hospital...
...but fear not. It was merely the Plate Wobbler given free with IPC's Monster Fun Comic No.1 in June 1975. (Cover by Robert Nixon.):
Here's a set of stickers given inside Warlord from 1975:
By 1981 TV Comic was a shadow of its former self. It had returned to being a 16 page comic and was printed on cheap paper, but it tried to recoup some lost readers with Popeye Skin Transfers. (Peel off the protective opaque sheet, place on skin, and hold a wet flannel over the back of the card. Moments later - the images are transferred to your arm. Or wherever.)
In 1984 D.C. Thomson's Champ comic gave away these six stickers:
Sponsored free gifts began to emerge in the 1980s. Clumsy Colin, the face of KP Skips, appeared on these two gifts that I think were presented with Buster. (Correct me in I'm wrong. It was definitely an IPC comic anyway.)
Remember the Captain Britain Boomerang from the previous post? Here's the exact same idea reworked by IPC for Buster in the early 1980s:
Finally for today, a sheet of stickers given free in Topper 89, back when D.C. Thomson decided that adding the year to the comic's title would make it sound modern. (Yes, the comic became Topper 90 the year after.)
Look out for Part 6 of this feature in a few days time!